Clint Eastwood’s controversial ‘American Sniper’ went from strength to strength at the North American box office with the highest ever January weekend holdover and an extraordinary $17,444 per theatre average. The Oscar nominated Navy SEAL biopic grossed a further $64.6m over the three days, taking its domestic tally to an exceptional $200.4m.
Newcomer, ‘The Boy Next Door’, starring Jennifer Lopez, also performed well in second place with a lively $14.9m at the top end of expectations. Neither shocking reviews – 13% aggregate rating on RT – nor a moderate ‘B-‘ CinemaScore seemed to have much impact on word of mouth, with the sexy thriller sub-genre establishing a momentum of its own.
Both of the other weekend wide releases performed below already scaled-down expectations, leaving ‘Strange Magic’ and ‘Mortdecai’ facing box office oblivion. They could only muster an ugly $5.5m and $4.2m respectively.
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